What are air bridges and how will the system work?
Also known as travel lanes, air bridges will allow Britons to go on vacation to certain destinations without having to be quarantined for 14 days upon their return to the UK.
In place of quarantine provisions, there will be a traffic light system, with officials classifying countries as green, amber and red based on the prevalence of coronavirus within the borders of each nation.
A list of quarantine-free countries is expected to be released on Wednesday, and restrictions will be lifted as of July 6.
Which countries are likely to be included?
The government is expected to announce the first British air bridges next week with “low-risk” European destinations, including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Germany.
Airbridges to be announced in batches, second set of destinations likely to include other European countries such as Denmark, Norway, Finland and the Netherlands, and the ‘low risk’ Caribbean islands, reports say .
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said airlifts would only be agreed with countries that have a coronavirus testing and tracing system of the same standard as that used in Britain.
When will air bridges be introduced?
The first air bridges to low-risk countries could be in effect from July 4, but Shapps said no announcement will be made until June 29, when quarantine measures will be formally reviewed.
Greek Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis said it could take up to three weeks for his country to be happy to open an air bridge to the UK, according to the advice they receive from health experts.
Which countries are unlikely to be included?
Reports were mixed over whether Portugal would be included in the UK plans next week, after an increase in coronavirus cases in the country.
Long-haul flights to destinations such as Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong would not be expected until the end of the summer.
Flights to Australia are considered more complicated, due to the need to stop over in other countries, which increases the risk of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.
What are the quarantine rules?
Since June 8, all passengers, with the exception of a handful of exemptions, have been required to isolate themselves for 14 days upon arrival in the UK.
People who fail to comply can be fined £ 1,000 in England, and the police are allowed to use “reasonable force” to make sure they follow the rules.